The Hand That Builds The Product

Posted: Aug 31 2011

style blog, Built For Man, Francisco Hernandez, garment sweatshopsMost of the time, when we go to purchase clothing, we are more concerned with how the garment fits our body rather than “Who made this shirt and how does my purchase of this shirt affect them?”. Shoppers do not realize that many large clothing manufacturers employ low-cost laborers that are often abused by their employers. When one purchases shoes with the Nike swoosh on them, are they thinking about the laborers who assembled them, or are they only concerned with how cool the shoe looks? Our guess would be the latter.

Built For Man cares for the people, or ‘hands’ that produce our products. We are more than willing to pay a living wage to the people that knit and sew our garments. BFM Founder Francisco Hernandez is familiar with the Peruvians that knit BFM's accessory line, and cares for their well-being. He travels to Peru on a regular basis to visit with the workers and ensure that they are working under humane conditions, a task that most companies overlook in favor of dollars and cents.

The real cost of a product can be broken down to more than just manufacturing rates and profit margins. Many times, the smaller the price tag, the more the human suffering. Low revenues prevent a company from paying their workers a living wage, and consumers often forget that fact while shopping. However, one must decide if they would rather purchase something cheap, but at high human costs, or something a bit more expensive that contributes to the well-being of communities around the world.

Our own baby alpaca knit coat is constructed with hand-woven baby alpaca wool, produced by these same 'hands' in Peru. Consider adding this elegant piece to your wardrobe.

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